More Gun Rights Challenges

June 23, 2020 - 7:34 pm

(Matt Demlein, News Radio WRVA)


Lynchburg, VA _  A lawsuit was filed late Monday in Lynchburg Circuit Court by gun rights advocates challenging Virginia's new expanded background checks.

The suit names Virginia State Police Superintendent Colonel Gary Settle and requests a temporary injunction until all legal challenges are heard, and a permanent injunction preventing law enforcement officers from enforcing the new law which is set to take effect July 1.

The plaintiffs include three individuals who want to either purchase or sell guns, Virginia Citizens Defense League, Gun Owners of America, Inc., and Gun Owners Foundation.  The suit contends that unless the challenged statute is enjoined, the plaintiffs, "and other identically and similarly situated individuals throughout the Commonwealth, will be irreparably harmed".   It further argues that the law infringes on their constitutional rights.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring argues that ackground checks are critical to ensuring that firearms stay out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

The lawsuit comes at the same time the Attorney General has filed a brief defending Virginia’s new one-handgun-a-month law, also set to take effect July 1.  Herring argues the law is constitutional and a proven measure to limit gun trafficking that was previously in effect in the Commonwealth for nearly two decades. A hearing on that lawsuit is set for Thursday.